Northland Manor Park Tennis Court Relocation - Project: 2019 Northland Manor Park Tennis Court Construction

Last Updated: 02/25/2019

Parks is proposing to relocate and rebuild the tennis courts at Northland Manor Park in 2019

The comment period to provide input on the project closed on February 22, 2019.  As a result of the input obtained prior to, during and following the public meeting and in consultation with District 18 Alder Kemble, the master plan amendment showing the tennis courts relocated to the S/W corner of the park and the backstop at the N/W corner will be moving forward as a proposed amendment to the park's master plan at the next regular meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners.  The proposed amendment to the master plan is shown, below. 

The meeting will take place:

Board of Park Commissioners
March 13, 2019 at 6:30PM
Olbrich Botanic Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison WI 53704


BACKGROUND:
A public input meeting to discuss the project was held February 11, 2019 at Gompers Elementary School library.  Meeting notices were sent to all addresses within 1/4 mile radius of the park as well as posted to Parks social media accounts, as a City of Madison news item, and shared with District 18 Alder Rebecca Kemble.

Materials from the meeting can be found by following the links, below.  At the meeting, Parks staff provided a brief history of the tennis courts at the park, discussed site opportunities and constraints and answered questions from attendees about the project.  Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, attendees were asked to vote on one of two options (shown below and at the meeting as Option A and Option B).  These options would either: replace the park's backstop at the S/W corner of the park following demolition of the existing tennis courts but remove tennis as an amenity at the park (Option A) OR keep tennis at Northland Manor Park following the demolition of the existing courts but relocate the courts to the S/W corner of the park - the park's backstop would in turn be relocated to the N/W corner (Option B).  At the meeting, the overwhelming preference was for Option B.  The results of the board voting from the meeting can also be found by following the links, below.

 


BACKGROUND:

Historic aerial images from the late 1930s-early 1950s show that the northwest corner of the park where the courts are presently located was once an open body of water prior to the parcel becoming public park property.  Recent soil borings in the area confirm that the subgrade in this area of the park is consistent with a pond or water body that was filled in with organic material.  The semi-frequent sink holes that have opened in the court surface since their construction in 1975 confirm that this location is less-than-ideal for large paved areas within the park.